Tag Archives: Beth El

Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

This week, Jacob learns what happens when you try to go home again. I grew up in West Philadelphia.  Although we moved out in 1970, that is still in my memory as “home.”  My husband worked at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

This week: Karma, rags to riches, encounters with angels and God, another match made at a well, identity theft, kids and more kids, and Biblical genetic engineering.  Romance and machinations. From the Merriam-Webster dictionary: Definition of karma 1 often capitalized : the force … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

Comments from 2013 Love, jealousy, greed, cheating, theft, manipulation, and rags-to-riches via hard work and genetic engineering.  All that, in this week’s portion.  I always wonder if those who say they want marriage and family modeled on the Bible have … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

This week, Jacob finally makes it home.  Here’s a summary from 2013, followed by 2016 comments: “In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob, finally on his way home, repeatedly confronts his past. He sends a suitably obsequious message to Esau, relating … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

This week: a rags-to-riches story involving lots of breeding – both livestock and human – and the interpersonal manipulations and deception omnipresent in the book of Genesis. Jacob flees to Haran, ostensibly to find a wife, but without all the … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

Today is the centenary of the birth of my mother, Lillian A. Greenwald, neé Lillian Reba Abrams, Rivka Leah bat Yisrael v’Liba.  Mother.  Mama.  Missing her, but grateful for the 97 years she was here.  Here’s Daddy’s favorite picture of … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

I tend to get a bit introspective at this time of year.  It’s a season of home and family: Thanksgiving, Chanukah, and birthdays of lots of family: mother, father, brother, both sisters, father-in-law, sister-in-law, two brothers-in-law, daughter, and me.  And … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

There is so much to write about regarding Vayetze:  A ladder with angels, a romantic encounter at a well, deceit, trickery, intrafamily jealousy and rivalries, a bad boss, greed, karma, sex, and 12 births.  Even animal breeding (aside from the … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

The picture below is where I grew up in West Philadelphia.  My house is the one on the corner with the yellow paint.  The bedroom my sister Miriam and I shared is behind the front bay windows on the second … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

Love, jealousy, greed, cheating, theft, manipulation, and rags-to-riches via hard work and genetic engineering.  All that, in this week’s portion.  I always wonder if those who say they want marriage and family modeled on the Bible have read Genesis.  Maybe … Continue reading

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